N13.5m Running Costs: Prof Sagay Blows Hot, Vows To Reveal Saraki, Others Allowances
The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has vowed to expose details of the allowances of the principal officers of the National Assembly.
Sagay, in an exclusive interview with The Punch, disclosed that the N13.5m allowances described as “running costs” and being received by senators is only a tip of the iceberg.
Recall that lawmaker representing Kaduna-Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, had said that senators receive N700,000 monthly and a separate N13.5m as running costs.
Sagay said the polity might explode when he released the details of allowances of principal officers of the National Assembly, including the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the majority and minority leaders of both chambers.
He said, “There are many things the press doesn’t know yet. If you come to know the allowances that the leadership of the two houses are getting… My God! It will blow up the country. What is the Senate President getting? It is not the ordinary N13m.
“What does he get as Senate President? What is the leader of the House getting, what is the deputy leader of the House getting? What is the Deputy Senate President getting? What are the minority leaders getting in both houses? Go and find out. It is an explosive stuff, I tell you. Eventually, I will come out with the figures. I am working on them now. When I am ready, I will come out with them.”